The new and revived Coastal Plain League is a collegiate summer league, featuring top-notched college players from throughout the nation. The CPL returned to fill a void in summer baseball. With many summer leagues in operation at the time, there wasn’t really one located in the southeastern U.S.
League President Pete Bock first got the idea in the early 1990’s when his son, Jeff, a star pitcher for Barton College, was spending his summers playing in the Shenandoah Valley League. After making several long trips to see his son play, Bock, a long-time minor league sports executive, began wishing there was a summer league closer to home. A few years later, he put his ideas into action and the new Coastal Plain League was formed.
Since then, the Coastal Plain League has quickly grown to be one of the premier summer collegiate baseball leagues in the country. The CPL prides itself on creating a professional, minor league-like atmosphere for all its players, coaches, umpires, and fans each and every summer!
Now celebrating its 18th season in 2014, the CPL proudly features 14 teams across the Carolinas and Virginia. Many of the CPL teams play in former minor league stadiums and cities, as well as in newly constructed stadiums that meet Class A standards. Teams in the CPL play in front of large crowds of passionate fans throughout the summer months. In 2012, the CPL welcomed over 546,118 fans into its ballparks on the season as a whole.
Players come from all over the country to take part in the best summer collegiate baseball experience each year. Our teams and league office work closely with each player and school to ensure a positive and long-lasting relationship, as well as helping to secure host families and summer employment for our players if desired.
With a 56-game schedule (running from late-May to mid-August), annual Pro Scout Day and All-Star Game, and playoffs, the Coastal Plain League prides itself in returning players to their respective schools as better, well-rounded individuals who can instantly help their program succeed, as well as be successful at the next level of baseball.
Ranked just behind the Cape by both Baseball America and Perfect Game Crosschecker, the Coastal Plain League also ranks high in the eyes of Major League Baseball and its scouts. In fact, heading into the 2014 season, the Coastal Plain League has seen nearly 1,200 alumni drafted by Major League teams; and even more impressive is that we have had 65 alums who have made it to the Majors, including 25 in the last three years alone. Some of our most notable alumni include 2011 AL MVP and Cy Young winner Justin Verlander, Ryan Zimmerman, Kevin Youkilis, and NFL Super Bowl XLVIII champion quarterback Russell Wilson.